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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 145.0022, 345.0022
    Case No: B31
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3200A/3300, 33 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless Steel Omega deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and deployant signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Omega Speedmaster has a long and illustrious history in both horology and space exploration. The first ever moon landing was carried out by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at 02:56 GMT on July 21, 1969, marking a momentous milestone in human history, and the wristwatch worn was, of course, the Omega Speedmaster Professional ref. 105.003.

    This very Omega Speedmaster professional in its unique way is also a testament, many years later, of Omega's avant-garde thinking and innovative R&D department. In fact, this very timepiece was the official watch used in the year 2000's to test the reliability of a new movement with a new function. Displaying hours, minutes and for the first time a date function it was Omega's first chronograph with this particular cal. 3200A. Not to be confused with the prototype for the 50th anniversary of Omega, cal. 3200A was later used in other Omega lines like the Seamaster and De Ville and notably the Museum Collection N.3 " Officers 1945" released from 2003 to 2012 in a limited series of 1'900 units.

    Finally, the present example, preserved in excellent overall condition is equally unique and historically important as usually test watches are quite rare to come by. All wordings on the caseback are clearly visible and notably on the four lugs one can notice the inscription "not for sale" and "BT.31". Key models sought-after by collectors include obviously their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models and military-issued versions of the Seamaster, perhaps the newly addition to the already impressive collection might very well be this "TEST" Speedmaster with the cal. 3200A.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1848

    Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed its name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch to be chosen by NASA in 1965 — the first watch worn on the moon.

    Key models sought-after by collectors include their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models such as the CK 2915 and 2998, military-issued versions of the Seamaster and oversized chronometer models such as those fitted with their prestigious caliber 30T2Rg.

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Ref. 145.0022, 345.0022
A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph test wristwatch with tachymeter, bezel and date

Circa 2003
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and deployant signed.

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF32,760

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

+41 22 317 81 81

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Head of Sale, Geneva

+41 22 317 96 63

The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022